Found January 20, 2012 on
Hall of Very Good:
What do Mike Piazza, Frank Thomas, Nomar Garciaparra and Jason Giambi have in common?
They were all brought in by the Oakland Athletics in hopes to provide veteran leadership and add a little pop to an otherwise lackluster lineup.
Now, I'm not sure what sort of anything Manny Ramirez would bring to the A's, but according to ESPN Deportes...the team is interested in the 39-year-old slugger.
Last week, ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com reported that the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays had a look at Ramirez batting in an indoor cage.
"The Orioles and Blue Jays saw Manny work and Baltimore liked what it saw, but Oakland has been the team that has expressed the most interest, even before having him work out," the source said.
It's a mystery as to who or why anyone would take a chance on the 12-time All-Star, but whoever does...they're looking at Ramirez spending 50 games on the sidelines while he serves his pending suspension.
Your move, Taiwanese animators.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Oakland Athletics have signed Jonny Gomes to a one-year deal worth around $1.1mm, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported the deal first).
Gomes hit .209 last season with 14 home runs in 372 plate appearances for the Reds and Nationals. Gomes could be used as a platoon player as he has a career .311 avg against left handed pitchers...
The Oakland Athletics are currently in talks with free agent outfielder Jonny Gomes. If they sign Gomes, I think will have officially hopped off the Billy Beane bandwagon, because the team's offense right now is an absolute horror show.
Assuming Gomes is in the fold, Beane has four outfielders to play the corners alongside Coco Crisp: Gomes, Collin Cowgill, Josh Reddick, and...
The Oakland Athletics are shopping first baseman Brandon Allen, according to Jerry Crasnick, due to their excess number of first base candidates. MLBTR mentions the Pirates as a team that would be a fit for Allen. The connection seems to be based off the fact that the Pirates are looking for a first baseman, but doesn’t suggest that the Athletics have had contact with the Pirates...
According to a report from Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes, the Oakland Athletics are "very interested" in adding Manny Ramirez as a designated hitter. Rojas also reported that the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays recently watched Ramirez hit in an indoor cage.Ramirez, 39, has been working out since December and plans
to have open workout sessions for clubs interested...
One minute, Josh Reddick is very much in the mix to be the starting right fielder for the Red Sox against Justin...
During last night’s Knicks-Nuggets game at the Garden, Mike Piazza appeared at halftime with Jill Martin on the MSG Network.
You can watch the segment below, but some of the highlights were Piazza saying he and Johnny Bench are tied as “the best hitting catchers of all-time,” how he would like to go into the Hall of Fame with a Mets cap, and that Armando Benitez was the most...
Last night, Mike Piazza was in attendance at the Knicks 119-114 loss to the Nuggets at Madison Square Garden, and appeared on Celebrity Row with Jill Martin during halftime.
When asked what hat he wants to wear if elected to the Hall of Fame, he responded:
“It’s gotta be the Mets. No question.”
Piazza is eligible for election to the Hall of Fame next January. He is the all...
The Athletics have agreed to sign Jonny Gomes, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported yesterday that the A's were nearing a deal with the Petaluma, California native.
Gomes, 31, posted a .209/.325/.389 line with 14 homers in 372 plate appearances for the Reds and Nationals in 2011. The ACES client has a career .311/.407/.456...
Josh Reddick came back to Massachusetts on Thursday night to be honored as the Red Sox's Rookie of the Year for 2011. In an otherwise comfortable return, the only wrinkle was that Boston is no longer his hometown during baseball season.
The most arresting sight in the gym on this day wasn't a carved Troy Tulowitzki, another bench press from Jason Giambi or the barreled chest of trainer Mark Philippi.